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The psychological impact of overactive bladder: a systematic review

Kinsey, Debbie; Pretorius, Sara; Glover, Lesley; Alexander, Tim


Debbie Kinsey

Sara Pretorius

Lesley Glover


This review aimed to provide an overview of the current research on the psychological impact of overactive bladder. A systematic search yielded 32 papers. It was found that people with overactive bladder tended to have greater levels of depression, anxiety and embarrassment/shame; difficulties with social life; impact on sleep and sexual relationships; and a lower quality of life than people without overactive bladder. A psychological impact on family members was also found. Psychological health should be considered an important aspect of managing overactive bladder and further research is required to determine how best to provide psychological care and support in this area.


Kinsey, D., Pretorius, S., Glover, L., & Alexander, T. (2016). The psychological impact of overactive bladder: a systematic review. Journal of health psychology, 21(1), 69-81.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Mar 2, 2014
Publication Date 2016-01
Deposit Date Apr 14, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 14, 2016
Journal Journal of health psychology
Print ISSN 1359-1053
Electronic ISSN 1461-7277
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 1
Pages 69-81
Keywords Overactive bladder, Psychological distress, Systematic review, Coping, Illness, Clinical health psychology
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Additional Information Author's accepted manuscript of article published in: Journal of health psychology, 2016, v.21, issue 1.


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